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This activity will give you practice in writing an effective thesis and statement of organization—one that is neither too broad nor too narrow for the supporting points in an essay. An added value of the activity is that sometimes you will construct your thesis and statement of organization after you have decided what your supporting points or main ideas will be. You will need to know, then, how to write a thesis statement that will match exactly the points that you have developed, in other words a thesis statement and statement of organization.

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Does the thesis establish a limited basis for comparison so that there is room and time to cover all the relevant similarities or differences? Is there a statement of organization?


Howto Write a Compare and Contrast Thesis

It lets the reader know how you are going to approach the topic under discussion in your essay

Acompare and contrast essay, as the name suggests, consists ofcomparing and contrasting topics (usually two; however, there couldbe more than two topics given).


To compare and contrast two stories, you need to:

Some examples of other kinds of thesis statements are listed below, along with some possible writing strategies they suggest. Keep in mind that you may develop strategies other than those suggested here.

In the individual circles, write the differences between each item.

The introduction should state your thesis statement. It should then be followed by the first paragraph of the body, discussing the first subject matter, while the next paragraph should cover the second subject alone, without touching subject #1. After discussing two different subjects independently, you can now analyze them together in a separate paragraph. The generalization of your thesis statement should then be discussed in the conclusion. This section should also comprise your own knowledge on both subjects, and should reaffirm that your thesis statement has been proven.

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This more complex thesis statement will likely undergo many iterations as the student synthesizes the concepts learned and looks for applications. The student will also narrow the topic to a manageable size to meet the expectations stated in the assignment and reflect the desired level of learning.

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Your thesis statement should still be included in the introduction. The first section in the body of your essay should then tackle all the comparisons or similarities of two subjects, while the next section should only discuss their contrasts or differences. And in the conclusion, the thesis statement should be restated and the summary of your points must be presented.

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Many writers use a checklist to evaluate the appropriateness of their chosen thesis statement. Sometimes it’s a good idea to have someone else read your thesis statement and give you feedback. Your thesis statement is effective if you can answer yes to these questions: